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Reuters US Domestic News Summary

Updated: 03-11-2018 05:23 IST

Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs.

FBI confirms suspicious package sent to Tom Steyer

The FBI on Friday said it had recovered a second suspicious package addressed to California billionaire Tom Steyer, a Democrat known for funding ads calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Twitter it recovered a package on Thursday night that was similar to other recently mailed parcel bombs to prominent Democrats and critics of Trump.

U.S. judge orders Georgia to allow voting for some blocked residents

A U.S. judge on Friday ordered Georgia to allow some 3,000 recently naturalized U.S. citizens to vote in elections next week after their voting registrations were put on hold, according to a ruling filed in federal court in Atlanta. The issue of voter suppression has been central to the governor's race in Georgia where Republican candidate Brian Kemp serves as secretary of state, the office that oversees the voter rolls.

U.S. top court takes up religious dispute over Maryland cross

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday waded into a new fight over the separation of church and state, agreeing to decide whether a towering cross-shaped war memorial erected in 1925 on public land in Maryland violates the Constitution's ban on government endorsement of religion. The justices agreed to hear two separate appeals of a lower court's ruling that the memorial violated the Constitution's First Amendment prohibition on the government favoring one religion, saying the memorial - dubbed the "peace cross" - is inherently religious due to its shape like a Christian cross.

Citizenship question could hamper U.S. Census response: official

The Trump administration's decision to ask about citizenship on the 2020 Census questionnaire could undermine the quality of the data by discouraging non-citizens from responding, the U.S. Census Bureau's chief scientist said. But, added John Abowd in written testimony seen by Reuters, the question will not necessarily lead to an undercount, because the government has strategies to "mitigate these effects."

Saudi sisters likely committed suicide in New York's Hudson River: police

Two young Saudi women whose bodies were found a week ago along the rocky Manhattan shore of the Hudson River, bound together with duct tape around their waist and ankles, likely committed suicide, New York police said on Friday. Dermot Shea, New York City Police Department chief of detectives, told a news conference sisters Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 23, who had been living in Virginia, likely "entered the water alive" and were said to have preferred suicide over returning to Saudi Arabia.

Actor Alec Baldwin charged over New York parking spot fight

Actor Alec Baldwin, most recently famous for his impersonations of U.S. President Donald Trump, was charged on Friday after a fight over a New York parking spot, police said. The "30 Rock" sitcom actor, 60, "assaulted someone for a parking spot that they were both going for," New York Police Department detective Sophia Mason said.

Kentucky suspect pleads not guilty in supermarket murder

A white man from Kentucky pleaded not guilty to charges that he had killed a black man and woman in a shooting at a supermarket that is under investigation as a possible hate crime, prosecutors said on Friday. Gregory Bush, 51, is accused of fatally shooting Maurice Stallard, 69, in front of his grandson as they shopped in a Kroger Inc grocery store in Jeffersontown, some 15 miles (24 km) from downtown Louisville on Oct. 24.

As U.S. election nears racist fliers, antisemitic graffiti appear

Days ahead of a contentious U.S. national election in which immigration has become a central issue, racist fliers saying "It's okay to be white" have been reported on university campuses in five states, while synagogues in New York and California have been sprayed with antisemitic graffiti. The phrase on the fliers is associated with the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan. The fliers have been reported at campuses including Duke University in North Carolina, Tufts University in Massachusetts, the University of Delaware, the University of Vermont and Iowa State University. In some cases, vandals attached the fliers to posters encouraging people to vote on Nov. 6.

Four wounded, two dead after shooting at Florida yoga studio: local media

A gunman wounded at least five people before he killed himself on Friday at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida's capital, local media reported, citing city authorities. The Tallahassee Democrat reported that two people were dead, including the gunman, and four were in a critical condition.

'Cool to vote': Hollywood election telethon aims to get youth to polls

Hollywood celebrities will make a push next week to urge young people to the polls in Tuesday's U.S. elections, when control of Congress and many state governorships are at stake. In a first-of-its-kind event, more than 50 actors, comedians and YouTube stars will join a two-hour, live-streamed telethon on Monday night aimed at firing up younger voters, the age group least likely to cast a ballot.

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